Going Back to the Garden in Parkowa
More than 100 plants, 300 kilograms of bark, 3 tonnes of soil, 2 days, and 30 volunteers. This is what this year’s Going Back to the Garden campaign in the Parkowa Special Care and Education Centre in Krakow looked like. More than 20 volunteers from the Krakow meetings industry and 10 pupils from the Parkowa Centre turned into gardeners for two days. The works included preparing the recreation grounds with sports equipment, as well as planting and cleaning the entire area. The organisers of the event included: the Poland Convention Bureau, the Krakow Festival Office – operator of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, the Krakow Convention Bureau and the PIM ART Landscape Architecture Studio.
A very important aspect of the project was involving the pupils themselves. They are young people with behaviour issues related to adolescent crisis, family conflicts, behavioural disorders, and other severe mental disorders. This was a chance for them to actively spend two days, develop their cooperation skills, and talk to the representatives of local PCO hotels and organisers of motivational trips.
Thanks to the commitment of the organisers and the sponsors, we managed to carry out the project and additionally provide sports equipment and cinema tickets, among others, for the young people. The campaign also aroused interest in the local media – on the 18th of September at 6:15 p.m., TVP Kraków will broadcast coverage of the works in the garden on ul. Parkowa. Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow, Magdalena Sroka, also contributed to the present appearance of the garden, having helped with planting the first plants on the newly-prepared ground.
The Going Back to the Garden project was successful yet again, which was most visible in the smiles on the faces of the young people, the gratitude of the facility’s director and employees, and the participants’ satisfaction. This was yet another one of a series of campaigns initiated in 2011 and inspired by the IMEX Challenge Poland 2010 project. The first Polish edition of the campaign took place in 2011 in Warsaw, and it resulted in creating a garden for the Family Children’s Home in Warsaw Wesoła.
The purchase of weight training equipment was possible thanks to the following companies:
Tauron Polska Energia, Carpathian Gas Company (Krakow Branch)
and Herkules Outdoor Fitness – equipment manufacturer.
Plants and soil needed to refresh the garden were delivered by bush and tree nurseries: Hajdrowscy and Marek Gurgul
The campaign was also supported by:
Karcher – gardening tools and cleaning agents
Decathlon – sports equipment
Cinema City – ciemna tickets
The KRAK-DEKOR company
Gastro Tour Serwis
We would like to cordially thank all of the above.